DIVING AT LEMBEH
Divers around the world, almost without exception, would say that Lembeh is in their bucket list, a must do destination. And many who have visited Lembeh, would come back repeatedly.
Muck Diving Capital of the World
Entering into the water, the diver will come across a mostly sandy bottom, with good but not great visibility... "what am I doing here?"
Soon our masterful dive guides will bring you face-to-face with the world's weirdest critters, for that is what Lembeh is often called "the Weird Critter Capital of the World". The number of unique sea creatures here is amazing. There are countless varieties of strange-looking creatures, each one weirder than the previous.
Hairy Frogfish Hairy Antennarius striatus
Abdul Rahman Abdullah, Malaysia
We keep our diving groups small because we understand each diver is unique. A dive guide is usually assigned to 2 to 3 divers, and definitely never more than 4. This ensures that there is individual attention given to each diver, to cater to the need of each diver.
We will also tailor the dive plan according to the requests of the divers, and plan the dives according to what divers wish to see and experience.
A Quick Glance at some of the Dive Sites
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K2 Lembeh Dive Resort is strategically located at the heart of Lembeh. There are many dive sites a short boat ride away!
Air Prang (alternately spelt as Aer Prang, Air Perang) is a wonderful, relatively shallow dive site that hosts a variety of critters. A favourite night dive spot.
Pantai Parigi has a shallow reef, then a gentle white sand; different from the primarily black sand bottom at Lembeh Straits.
An interesting site for seahorses, frogfish, shrimps, cephalopods, etc. This is also a site where the famed Lembeh sea dragon may be found.
The famed Wunderpus photogenics!
Lemon Goby brooding eggs.
Goby A’Crab is a fringing reef with giant sea fans and sponges. It turns into sandy bottom at about 25m. This is a good site to find various mollusks, nudibranchs, crustecans, etc.
CFWA shot of a Coconut Octopus, showing the environment it lives in!
You are most welcome to bring your macro lens, and if you like, a fisheye to do close-focus wide angle for the stunning environmental portrait!
We can fully understand your desire to capture these wonder-inducing and beautiful encounters to share with others and relive them once in a while. Our guides are masterful in both finding the critters and assisting the photographer to capture your master pieces!
Black Water Dives
Blackwater dives have in recent years gain prominence, thanks to the many photographs posted in many medium. It really is a night dive with a twist - not diving with a torch near a reef, but one done with a light source that simulates the moon. The diver then takes time to focus on finding creatures in the waster column, attracted by the light.
We can arrange for black water dives and our dive guides will skillfully assist in finding the lovely creatures!
Blue Water Dives
We can also get blue water dives at the other side of Lembeh island, at Pulau Dua. Or make day trips to dive at the blue waters of Bunaken National Park.
Diving in Lembeh
Some pertinent facts about diving in Lembeh
We are located just over 1° north of the equator, and so we enjoy balmy tropical weather year round. Air temperature range from 26-32°C, while water temperature range from 25-29°C (see below). Think Singapore (also 1° north) in terms of weather conditions, it would be quite similar.
We are also in a sheltered location, so diving conditions are generally calm and relaxing, regardless of the time of year of your visit.
Diving in Lembeh can be done year round, with the rainy season (Jan-Feb) bringing relatively mild rain and minimal change in current at most dive sites. The more exposed dive sites to the north may be out-of-bound, though, due to choppy sea. Diving is definitely possible, just have to choose the sites according to weather conditions.
Water temperature is at its lowest (25-26°C) in July-August period, and warmest (28-29°C) in the October to March period.
Best visibility is between October and December, lowest visibility between January and February.
Getting to Lembeh
Fly to Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC), Manado, Indonesia, from:
Singapore vis Scoot
Indonesia (Jakarta and Bali)
Please check with your travel agent for possible flight routing, or inquire with us.
Meet and Greet
We will meet and greet at MDC airport and will make all arrangements for a hassle-free trip.
The journey from Manado to Bitung via highway takes a little under an hour.